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[Stonechats 12] Reading with Melisa Nielsen

[Stonechats 11] Singing with Crystal Hosea

Marjorie, Jennifer and Miriam are joined today with Crystal Hosea, creator of Legends of the Staff of Musique, a comprehensive music curriculum inspired by the unique environment of home education, and incorporating movement and art alongside the voice.


  • Introduction - Crystal explains how Legends of the Staff of Musique explores music in a holistic way through singing and movement.
  • 3:50 - How do you bring singing to your children if you are not a confident singer yourself?
  • 6:33  - If you feel you sing off-key all the time, should you still sing to your children or will you be teaching them to sing off-key?
  • 8:30 - How do you incorporate singing into your day rather than having it just be a lesson time?
  • 15:00 - What is the purpose of learning folksongs versus pop songs and what is, any is your personal preference?
  • 24:45 - What if your child of whatever age is resistant to singing and think it's lame or dumb?
  • 38:30 - How is brain development affected by singing?
  • 43:40 - Why did you incorporate art into your music curriculum, Legends of the Staff Musique
  • 49:30 - Nature Minutes 


[Stonechats 9] Singing, Solfa and Kodaly with Guest RaeAnna Goss Part 2

On Part 2 of our discussion about singing and the Solfa, we continue our chat with RaeAnna Goss, singing teacher, homeschool graduate, homeschooling mother, and Charlotte Mason follower, who has created Solfa Sofa, an early years approach for introducing singing in a CM-friendly way. (Part 1 can be found here.)

We were also joined by Crystal Hosea of The Legends of the Staff of Musique, but we invited Crystal back for another episode about her own CM approach to combining story and music, which will air in a couple of weeks.

Recorded April 15, 2019

Show Notes:

[Stonechats 8] Singing, Solfa and Kodaly with Guest RaeAnna Goss

On this 2-part episode, we were joined by RaeAnna Goss, singing teacher, homeschool graduate, homeschooling mother, and Charlotte Mason follower, who has created Solfa Sofa, an early years approach for introducing singing in a CM-friendly way.

We were also joined by Crystal Hosea of The Legends of the Staff of Musique, but we invited Crystal back for another episode about her own CM approach to combining story and music, which will air in a couple of weeks.

Other ideas and resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • 0:00 Introductions
  • 4:25 The Curwin approach, Tonic Solfa, and the Modulator
  • 9:50 Difference between Curwen and Kodály, and why Raeanna supports Kodály
  • 11:15 What is the Kodály approach?
  • 14:30 What would a singing lesson look like in CM’s time?
    • 3 minutes of voice training
    • 5 minutes of modulator practice
    • 3 minutes of sight singing
    • 7 minutes of rhythm work
    • 4 minutes of ear training
    • 8 minutes to practice songs
  • 17:58 John M. Feierabend and Conversational Solfege
    • “Children should be tuneful, beatful, and artful.”
  • 20:28 An overview of the progression of singing through Forms 1 and 2
  • 24:25 Resouces at Solfa Sofa that can help with early years
  • 26:30 Forms 3 (part-songs and rounds), and higher (descants, classical repetoire)
  • 28:55 Losing joy in singing and moving more into theory and other music approaches (PNEU article: A Few Remarks on Teaching Music by W.H. Leslie)
  • 33:14 Perfect Pitch and Moveable Doe
  • 35:05 Shortening Form 1 lessons and help them find their singing voice

[Stonechats 7] Writing (extended)

Marjorie and Jennifer share with Miriam an overview of Miss Mason’s approach to writing and then tell their personal stories of struggle in the difficult area of composition.

[Stonechats 6] High School

Marjorie and Jennifer reflect back on what a CM education looked like for their high school students.

[Stonechats 5] Grammar Thoughts

Miriam wonders why Wildwood introduces the study of formal grammar later than many other approaches.

[Stonechats 4] Ahead and Behind

Today we muse on what it means to use a CM education with advanced and struggling children, and eventually reflect on how we can reframe what it means to be ahead or behind.

[Stonechats 3] Living Books

Today we muse on living books. We talk about the definition of a living book, why we offer so many options at Wildwood, how we personally pick books for the curriculum, and how we think you should pick them for yur home.

[Stonechats 2] More about What is a Charlotte Mason Education?

Marjorie, Jennifer and Miriam continue to discuss what constituents a Charlotte Mason education.

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